Coronavirus Updates

PCMA signs partnership with Korea MICE Association

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Korea MICE Association have announced a two-year strategic agreement, aimed at equipping their members for the post-Covid-19 return through specialised training programmes. A key component of the partnership will focus on the delivery of PCMA’s Digital Event Strategist (DES) course in Korea. Karen Bolinger (pictured), PCMA managing dire...

IBTM World reports new exhibitor sign ups as intense safety campaign for 2020 show continues

Organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced “a raft of new exhibitors,” including Meliá Hotels International, Titanic Hotels, Ibiza Convention Bureau and Canary Islands for its IBTM World 2020, due still to take place in Barcelona 1-3 December and widely seen as an opportunity for the wider global industry to gather in person again. The task for organisers will clearly be to persuade corporate...

Ascott to offer Work in Residence and ‘space-as-a-service’

CapitaLand’s lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has launched its ‘Work in Residence’ initiative at participating properties worldwide. The scheme aims to transform selected apartments into conducive work suites for those seeking alternative an location to work-from-home or study within over 60 participating properties in 30 cities and 10 countries. The apartments are available for ...

Marina Bay Sands launches hybrid event broadcast studio

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands resort has launched a new hybrid event broadcast studio at its Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The venue management believes the initiative paves the way to redefine the future of meetings. Designed to accommodate a live studio audience with a maximum capacity of 50 persons at any one time, the hybrid broadcast studio – which offers broadcast-quality live-streaming c...

Singapore selected for 110th Lions Clubs International Convention in 2028

Singapore has been re-selected to host one of the world’s largest annual conventions following the cancellation of this year’s event. Singapore has won the right to host the 110th Lions Clubs International Convention in 2028. The Lions Clubs of Singapore will partner with the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau (SECB), and Marina Bay Sands (MBS) to host the convention. The Singapore editi...

Melbourne CEC steps up the virtual pace with Stage 4 restrictions in place until 13 September

As Victoria state appears to be the worst affected region of Australia for coronavirus currently, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is leveraging its technical expertise to push its virtual event offering to the fore to help customers connect with their audiences. From ticketed online events to corporate launches, large-scale conferences and even virtual gala dinners, MCEC is offer...

WTTC calls on G7 leaders to take a lead in saving travel and tourism sector

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has “urgently” called on the UK and nine other major governments for strong leadership and international collaboration to save the travel and tourism sector. Over 100 of the world’s major travel and global business leaders, from airlines, airports, hotels, tour operators and travel companies, have backed the WTTC and its letter calling for ur...

In pictures: Thousands turn out for #WeMakeEvents Red Alert protest

Thousands of event professionals gathered along Southbank in London, UK on Tuesday 11 August, to demonstrate the critical condition of the UK events industry. Eventprofs in red shirts lined the entire Southbank from Westminster to the Tate Modern, as part of the #WeMakeEvents ‘Red Alert’ campaign. They came from all corners of the events industry, including the live music, festival, exhibition and...

Absolute occupancy levels for London hotels in July lowest on STR records

Hospitality industry data benchmarking company STR’s preliminary July data for London hotels showed record low occupancy for July 2020. In comparison with July 2019, occupancy dropped by 74.8% to 22.8%. Average daily rate more than halved (52.4%) to £83.61 (US$109.14), while revenue per available room (RevPAR) was down 88% to £19.02. The absolute occupancy level would be the lowest for any month o...

French Premier maintains ban on public gatherings over 5,000 until 31 October

International event management and venue grou, GL events has responded to the French prime minister’s announcement of 11 August 2020 maintaining the ban on public gatherings of more than 5,000 people until 31 October 2020. Premier Jean Castex indicated that, in accordance with the strict application of public health measures, French regional authorities (préfets) will have the authority to grant e...

Dubai kicks off region’s first live, interactive business event of H2 2020

Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) successfully hosted the AI Everything X Restart Dubai Summer Conference, 16 July, the region’s first live, in-person business event to be hosted in H2 2020. The event showcased the effect of artificial intelligence on the UAE’s pandemic recovery. DWTC implemented comprehensive regulatory protective measures at the venue, including temperature screening, social dista...

Kenes Group publishes guidebook to producing virtual experiences

Kenes Group, a global live, virtual and hybrid event management company, has published a new White Paper: ‘Strategy for Associations Going Virtual: a guidebook to producing compelling virtual experiences’. The guide aims to “explore the evolution of online meetings” and to “demystify the notion of a virtual conference” by answering questions that those in the ev...

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